Republicans and conservatives in particular, base their beliefs on the strict interpretation of the Constitution with limited government, free market capitalism and a strong defense. Unfortunately the policies and legislation created by the GOP does not align with the originalist rhetoric. Republicans have found out that it is easier to “talk the talk” than actually “walk the walk.” Consequently Republicans have been accused of becoming Democrat-lite with one-off proposals. If conservatives want to differentiate themselves from liberals, then they must create big, bold ideas for change that align clearly with the underlying conservative principles.
Republicans suffer from many problems, as their most recent election “autopsy” reported, but the biggest problem is they let the Democrats define them in the public’s mind. First, Republicans must rebrand themselves as the party of growth and prosperity. Second, they must learn to treat Americans as a continuum of people progressing in their quest to achieve the American Dream. Third, Republicans must define themselves as the party of the middle class, as they serve the changing wants and needs of all American as they strive for success and prosperity. There must be a clear vision and strategy.
The President of the United States is elected as America’s leader and represents the nation to other countries abroad. The specific roles and responsibilities of the President are clearly laid out in Article II of the U.S. Constitution. The office of President has a great deal of legitimate power and associated respect. Respect is a deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy. The incumbent can be judged separately and critically based on their individual performance against the expectations of the office.
Republicans have lost their way in the political arena, out-marketed by Democrats who better understand what sells to the American voter. Conservatives must wrest control of the Republican Party if they want to win any future election. Republicans also can no longer afford to allow leftists to set the media narrative based on distorted stereotypes and gross distortions. There are a number of things that must begin now for Republicans to return as a viable national party.
The electoral fraud evidence is accumulating to the point where I must conclude that the November election was stolen by the Democrats. In the months leading up to the election, report after report surfaced highlighting significant erosion of support for President Obama. Electoral fraud can occur at any stage in the process, but there are three main types.
The Republican Party lost the 2012 election while the conservatives watched from the sidelines. Republican moderates losing elections has become an all too common occurrence even though conservatives are the base of the Republican Party. It is not too early for the conservatives to start work to take back the Party and the country. The Republican establishment elite do not learn from its mistakes.
In 2009, I could be Silent, No More! I joined the TEA Party in reaction to a run-away federal government. Now we are faced with a national election in 2012. This will be a referendum on whether we should endorse a fundamental transformation to slowly evolve into a mythical socialist utopia, or to reject this transformation to return to our original intent of a capitalist free market that rewards individual freedom and innovation. I offer my personal TEA Party Manifesto as a blueprint for change to the next administration.
This presidential election is the perfect time to deal with several "elephants in the room"--issues which cry out for commitments to finally address these major, long term problems. The candidate who demonstrates the best understanding of the issues and offers reasoned ideas will earn the voter’s support.
Beginning in the New Deal, the Commerce Clause was used to justify expansion of federal power into areas reserved for the States and/or the private sector. The federal government may oversee and regulate private industry, but nowhere in the original Constitution does the federal government have any role competing directly in the private sector. Now that the Roberts Court ruling on ObamaCare has re-opened the limitations of the Commerce Clause, perhaps it is time to re-examine many of these past decisions to possibly rollback federal programs to the States or to abandon the private sector completely?
In 2008 Barack Obama, a man with minimal experience and an empty resume, was successfully marketed as a “blank slate” with the slogan of “Hope and Change.” This political chameleon avoided any specific positions and was known to support both sides of many issues. His Presidential marketing campaign was successful because the national media actively supported his campaign and did not bother to investigate any aspect of Obama’s background, experience, or positions.Next Page »
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all." - Ronald Reagan, Nov. 10, 1964